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Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 High Country Festival of the Book

High Country Festival of the Book has a great line-up of authors, entertainers, and exhibitors.

This is just a partial list of what to expect.

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Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestselling author of nine novels--Losing the MoonWhere the River RunsWhen Light Breaks,Between the TidesThe Art of Keeping Secrets,Driftwood Summer, Coming up for Air, And Then I Found You andThe Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story.  Her newest book, The Stories we Tell, will be out just in time for HCFB!   She has hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, and has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio. A full time writer, wife, and mother of three—Henry lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Lynn Cullen's newest novel, Mrs. Poe examines the fall of Edgar Allen Poe through the eyes of poet Francis Osgood.  Lynn Cullen is the author of The Creation of Eve andReign of Madness, which was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist, as well as several award-winning young adult novels including I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter
 A traveler and historian, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amy Greene's debut novel, Bloodroot was a national bestseller. 
Her second novel, Long Man, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in February.  Amy was born and still lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where her books take place.  Jill McCorkle says of her newest book, "Exquisite . . . Greene’s prose is as mesmerizing as the story she weaves.

MUSICAL ARTISTS:  Dashboard Hula Boys
North Carolina based acoustic trio, are Ed Midgett (guitar), Bob White (bass), and Tom Whyte (harmonica, uke, tenor banjo). They play favorites from old-time blues to classic rock along with a few originals.
J. Michael Orenduff may be the award-winning author of the "Pot Thief" murder mysteries but he started out in education as a college professor, an academic dean, an academic vice-president, a university president, and a statewide chancellor..  After an early retirement, he published his first book in the six book series, The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras, to be be followed by The Pot Thief Who Studied PtolemyThe Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein, The Pot Thief Who Studied EscoffierThe Pot Thief Who Studied D. H. Lawrence and The Pot Thief Who Studied Billy the Kid

Licensed pilot Millie West, is also an accomplished artist and art collector.Millie's books, The Cast Netand Catherine's Cross
reflect her interest in art and in the cultural heritage of South Carolina.  Millie resides with her family near Columbia, SC, and is an active participant in her local writer’s group, the Chapin Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop  .

Novelist, screenwriter & play writer Robert Inman
Robert Inman’s new novel, The Governor’s Lady, is the story of Cooper Lanier, a determined woman fighting to establish her independence in the tumultuous world of male-dominated politics.
The Governor’s Lady is Inman’s fifth novel, followingHome Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs and Children(1991), Dairy Queen Days (1997), and Captain Saturday (2002). He is also the author of a collection of non-fiction work, Coming Home: LifeLove and All Things Southern, and an illustrated family holiday book,The Christmas Bus 

Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright whose plays for children.  He is a Lewis Carroll scholar, having written five books about the author.  He collects antiquarian books as does his main character in his novel, The Bookman's Tale He served for more than a decade as Writer-in-Residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem, NC.  Lovett splits his time between North Carolina and Oxfordshire England.

Michael Knight is the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Excellence in Fiction, 2013 and that is just the beginning of a long list of awards and accolades including Oprah Winfrey’s summer reading list and Huffington Post’s Best Book of the Year.  He is the author of two novelsDivining Rod and The Typist, two collections of short stories and a collection of Novellas.  His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals.  He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee

Jim Minick is the author ofThe Blueberry Yearsa memoir that won the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from Southern Independent Booksellers Association. Minick is also the author of two books of poetry, Her Secret Song andBurning Heaven, a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, and editor of All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications including Oxford American, Shenandoah, Orion, San Francisco Chronicle, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Conversations with Wendell Berry, The Sun, and Wind. He teaches at Converse College and is the Fred Chappell Fellow at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he’s pursuing an MFA.

USA TODAY Best Selling Author Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. Her play, “Espresso con mia madre” (Espresso with my mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples. She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division and the University of Tennessee and now lives in Knoxville. She is the author of two historical novels, Swimming in the Moon, which has just been shortlisted for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and When We Were Strangers.

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